Reviews

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Castle in the Sky (1986)

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Castle in the Sky (1986)

The renowned Hayao Miyazaki demonstrates already in his first film, Castle in the Sky (1986), that he deserves notice amongst the finest animators to wield the digital pen. An early indication of great things to come, the film arouses sentiment and luxury of which only Miyazaki m... Read More »

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of the 3D technology in general and usually prefer to watch a movie the “old-fashioned way”. However, I still wanted to experience The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug in its High-Frame-Rate, the 48 frames per second technology that Peter... Read More »

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

The Coen brothers take us back to the early Greenwich Village folk scene during the winter of 1961. “Inside Llewyn Davis” follows a week in the life of a young, aspiring folk singer, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), whose attempts to make a career out of his music are made during a ti... Read More »

Third Cinema Review: Xala (1975)

Third Cinema Review: Xala (1975)

Ousmane Sembene has to be, unequivocally, the peak figure of African cinema. His final film before perishing was Moolaadé, a work that has served as the gateway for film buffs to dabble in the films of the one continent nobody seems to have any real extensive cinematic experience... Read More »

Review: The Crash Reel (2013)

Review: The Crash Reel (2013)

Lucy Walker is an exceptional filmmaker and her latest film adds to an impressive resume that includes: Waste Land (2010) and Devil’s Playground (2002). The Crash Reel follows 2010 Winter Olympics hopeful, Kevin Pearce. Pearce’s specialty is the high-flying snowboard half-pipe. L... Read More »

Made in Canada Review: Antisocial (2013)

Made in Canada Review: Antisocial (2013)

Antisocial is a well-made little thriller that keeps its thriller tone throughout the entirety of the film until abandoning it for a more stock horror ending. The story is simple: five college students gather at a house for a New Year’s Eve party. Three of the five are constantl... Read More »

Whistler Film Festival Review: The Station (2013)

Whistler Film Festival Review: The Station (2013)

The Station is a badass monster film set on an isolated mountaintop. A team of scientists is assigned to study climate patterns and glacial melting. At the heart of the film is Janek (Gerhard Liebmann), a man with a shroud of mystery surrounding why he spent the past five years a... Read More »

Review: Friend 2: The Great Legacy (2013)

Review: Friend 2: The Great Legacy (2013)

When Friend was released in South Korea in 2001, it became a phenomenon, the highest-grossing film in the country to that point. The film set off an entire subgenre of Korean gangster films, and changed the cinematic landscape for the country. Its structure, and its prominence in... Read More »

Review: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Review: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Receiving its world premiere at the 2013 London Film Festival, Saving Mr Banks tells the heartwarmingly affectionate tale of the long road to Mary Poppins: The Film. Featuring a rich and talented ensemble, the two leads have been snapped up by a pair of actors that hold two Acade... Read More »

TIFF’s Joel & Ethan Coen – Tall Tales Review: Barton Fink (1991)

TIFF’s Joel & Ethan Coen – Tall Tales Review: Barton Fink (1991)

Through the Coen Brothers’ vigilant style of punctuating the psychological with precise camera movements, Barton Fink (1991) generates a striking portrayal of inner turmoil. Feelings of anguish and distress are brought to life by the interaction between the characters, their pres... Read More »

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